The University of Evansville Clay Club and Department of Art will welcome artist and ceramist Gail Russell to the University from February 5-6. Russell will give demonstrations of throwing on a potter’s wheel on Tuesday, February 5, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and Wednesday, February 6, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the UE Ceramics Studio. She will also present a lecture on Tuesday, February 5, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 255, Ridgway University Center. All of these events are free and open to the public.
Russell earned her MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, and her BFA from UE. She has been owner, operator, and full-time artist potter at Peachblow Pottery in Lewis Center, Ohio, since 1986.
Russell has participated in approximately 125 exhibitions, taught numerous workshops, and executed many commissions. She has appeared in several books, including Introduction to Ceramics by Graham Flight, The Ceramic Surface by Mathias Osterman, and Contemporary Studio Porcelain by Peter Lane. Russell was honored to be one of the workshop presenters for the inaugural Zanesville Prize Conference in October 2014. The highlight of this event is an international exhibition of contemporary ceramic art, with a top prize of $20,000.